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Blue Bar Quilts Class Instructors

Catie KossCatie Koss

About Catie

Catie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UW-Madison in 2012. Since then she has worked across multiple settings, most recently in homecare. When she isn't working, Catie has been a multi-crafter longer than she can remember and currently enjoys quilting, crocheting, and knitting. Professionally she is transitioning her focus to preventative medicine and the next logical step is to merge her love of crafting with her physical therapy knowledge which she is excited to share with others.
Cheryl SchenckCheryl Schenck

About Cheryl

"From choosing fabric, to piecing it together, to quilting the layers, every part of the process is fulfilling. Quilts are not only an art form, but they can also serve to keep loved ones warm and add comfort to their lives. Since my first quilt in 2003, I have loved every step of the process and equally love sharing it with others. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter, I want to share my skills and love of quilting with you!"
Instagram: @unspooledwi
Karen SilversKaren Silvers

About Karen

Karen has been sewing her whole life. She began quilting when she realized that it was the perfect creative outlet for incorporating her love of bird photography, painting, and drawing. She sees fabric and thread as the ultimate palette. She enjoys creating things for her family and friends and spending time chasing birds around Wisconsin wetlands with her cameras and photography assistant, Nahla, the jumbo Bernese mountain dog.
Instagram: @karensilvers
Leah EvansLeah Evans

About Leah

"My quilted wall hangings consist of layers of the following techniques: appliqué, reverse appliqué, piecing, natural and synthetic dyeing, needle-felting, hand printing, and a variety of embroidery stitches. There is an overall balance between hand and machine work. Tools I most often employ include a household-use Kenmore sewing machine, chalk, needles, rulers, compass, staple gun, and scissors. I do not use a computer or any imaging software in my work and I try to use hand processes and tools as opposed to electric. By incorporating vintage kimonos, upholstery remnants, and many other secondhand materials, the works are in keeping with the quilt tradition of recycling.

My current thematic focus is the ways in which people impact their environment and, in turn, how the environment affects people. The pieces are influenced by aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery, but are not always based on specific places. Mining, agriculture, water use and treatment, nuclear power, residential development, and oil extraction are frequent subjects of my work and are meant as visual reminders of the changes we create in the land. Similarly, components of my work demonstrate the influence of nature on our constructs, such as a river changing its course, thereby causing a shift in property divisions, and shifting coastlines due to climate change.

It is the use of maps in organizing our ideas of land that interests me most of all. Often, people ask me for specifics about the places and symbols in my work. Most of my pieces are not based consciously on specific places. For me, they are intimate explorations of map language and imagined landscapes. Through my research and experience, I have decided that maps create more questions than they answer."
Instagram: @leahevanstextiles

Elizabeth OnerElizabeth Oner

About Liz

Liz is an English Paper Piecing instructor and pattern designer for EPP and machine pieced quilts. She loves to bake and share her quilting adventures! Check her out on Instagram: @indiehipsterquilts
Maday DelgadoMaday Delgado

About Maday

Maday is a prolific art educator, published artist, and guild presenter based in the Midwest committed to bringing innovation and artistry to the forefront of the work she creates. Her mission is to nurture artistic platforms across cultures and generations to foster creative work while finding ways to minimize her environmental footprint.

Learning from cultural textile traditions and exchanging powerful stories, continues to be a source of inspiration that she hopes to share with all.

Her goal is to unify students with different skill sets and share her love of art and vibrant textiles. She combines painting, weaving, hand-stitching and machine sewing and embroidery to infuse her creations with energy and pay homage to her Cuban upbringing. She loves the art of collaging and storytelling with new and pre-loved textiles; Janome machines keep up with her big, scrappy ideas every step of the way.

Maday’s work has appeared in the international publication Uppercase magazine (2022, 2020) the book Quilted (2019), and periodicals in her home state. She also presented virtually to the design students at the Indian Institute of Art & Design in New Delhi, India in August 2020 and teaches at Folk Schools, Quilt Shops, and Quilt Shows. Let’s continue to learn together.
Instagram: @sustainabletextiledesign
Marian StimsonMarian Stimson

About Marian

Marian is a quilter and educator who loves to share her passion for all things fabric and quilt making. She has an extensive stash of fabric and is looking forward to putting it to good use! She also loves making for others and participating in swaps and her previous works can be found on Instagram @swimmingwith3.
Mary VassalottiMary Vassalotti

About Mary

Mary has been quilting and sewing for over 50 years and took her first quilting class back in 1982 when she first moved to Madison from Minnesota. Mary likes many forms of piecing but her favorite is foundation paper piecing because of the precision and detail it yields. Mary has been longarm quilting since 2015 when she invested in her Gammill machine with a Statler Stitcher. She enjoys learning and practicing new techniques to improve her custom digital quilting skills to enhance her client's creations. Mary is an active member of the Mad City Quilt Guild, and Madison Modern Quilt Guild and is currently President of the Lodi Valley Quilters Guild.
Mary retired from the healthcare field in 2017 and keeps very busy with longarm quilting, garment making, playing piano and handbells, and spending time with her family especially her adorable grandson Jaxon.
Rebecca LidstromRebecca Lidstrom

About Rebecca

Rebecca takes the intimidation factor out of the quilt-making process, and believes regardless of skill level, anyone can make a quilt. Helping others discover and enjoy quilting is a passion for Rebecca. A member of the Madison Modern Quilt Guild and Mad City Quilt Guild, Rebecca designs her own line of quilt patterns and shares them with the quilting community. She creates from her studio in Madison, WI. | @studiorquilts |
Sarah WisnerSarah Wisner

About Sarah

Sarah is a crafting addict who includes crochet, cross-stitching, soap-making, jewelry-making, and sewing in her repertoire. If you name a craft, she has probably tried it! Her main focus these days is sewing purses and wallets and she loves creating custom orders with personalized touches. When not sewing, Sarah can be found reading, drinking coffee, snuggling her many critters, baking gluten-free goodies, or substitute teaching. She makes her home in the Mount Horeb area.

Instagram: @amethysthendesigns
Steffani LincecumSteffani Lincecum

About Steffani

Steffani Lincecum is a designer, patternmaker, sewing instructor and author with over 30 years of experience in film, television, and theatre. She’s patterned and sewn custom clothing and accessories for the TV series Will & Grace and 3rd Rock from the Sun and the films Nixon, Primary Colors, White Man’s Burden, The Next Best Thing, and Inventing the Abbotts. She’s worked alongside veteran tailors and seamstresses sewing high-quality garments with a quick turnaround. Steffani values traditional techniques and modern methods and loves finding the balance between the two. Her first book, Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit, explores the rub-off method of making patterns from finished garments. Her second book Sewing Machine Magic distills the secrets of sewing machine functions and how to use the most practical and popular feet and accessories. The five classes she's developed and presented for have been taken by over 300,000 students worldwide. She lives in Wisconsin where she’s a freelance costumer, stylist, and maker for American Girl, Duluth Trading Co, American Players Theatre, Nike, Kwik Trip, and Beach Bunny. Visit to find sewing classes and events.
Trish FranklandTrish Frankland

About Trish

"I was originally drawn to quilting by the amazing things that happen when two quilt blocks meet: those incredible secondary patterns that make a simple quilt zing. I started quilting in 2002, and I've found my groove in creating up-to-date quilts from traditional blocks and patterns using all the fabrics, tools and technologies the modern world can offer. There are quilters on both sides of my family - my Humpty Dumpty baby quilt was embroidered by Grandma Priewe, and many of my favorite tied snuggle quilts growing up were made by Grandma Everson and Great-Grandma Berg. I'm a quilter who rides a motorcycle. I'm a book nerd who's hardly ever quiet. I've been told I have the vocabulary of a well-read sailor, and I'm not afraid to use the full width and breadth of my vocabulary as need and occasion demand."

Instagram: @quiltchicken
Trisha UrbenTrisha Urben

About Trisha

Social sewing is Trisha's forte. Her sewing prowess includes garment and bag making as well as quilting. Trisha is active in several Madison area quilt guilds, and is a president emeritus of the Lodi Valley Quilt Guild. She is a valued staff member at BBQuilts, and of course, the "T" to Gael's "G" in the popular shop video chats. When not putting the pedal to the metal at her sewing machine, she can be found working with her family in their large vegetable garden, in the kitchen making jam and other delicious goodies, or having fun with her Golden Retriever, Ozzie. Say hi on instagram: @trish_urben
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